What is required to be on this home-prepared food label?
  • The common name for the food product
  • If made from 2 or more ingredients: a list of ingredients (in descending order of predominance by weight) that includes a declaration of the use of artificial colors, flavors or chemical preservatives
  • An accurate declaration of the quantity of contents
  • The name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer or distributor (or disclosure that this product has not been inspected by the St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment)
  • The name of the food source for each major food allergen contained in the food, unless the source is already part of the common or usual name of the respective ingredient
  • Except as exempted in the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act §403(Q)(3)-(5), nutrition labeling as specified in 21 CFR 101 - Food Labeling and 9 CFR Subpart B - Nutrition Labeling

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1. What is a Farmers Market?
2. When is a license needed to sell products at a Farmers Market?
3. Does the health department require licenses for selling other products at a Farmers Market?
4. Can I sell food prepared in my home at a Farmers Market?
5. What is required to be on this home-prepared food label?
6. Shouldn’t an exemption be made for vendors at Farmers Markets since they only operate for one or two days each week?
7. Why must I also have to pay a vendor’s fee to the market, as well as the license fees? What do I do if I’m not happy with the market rules?
8. What is a potentially hazardous food product?